With fewer females than males interested in pursuing a degree in engineering or computer/information sciences, fewer bachelor’s degrees are awarded to females as compared to males. Overall, interest in these fields has grown, with more than 160,000 bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer/information sciences awarded in 2014. Unfortunately, the percentage of females earning degrees has remained relatively constant over the last ten years.
Top 10 Engineering Degrees, Female, 2015-16
Source: Yoder, B. L. (2017). Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education.
- Computer Science
- Computer Engineering
STEM degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels have also increased among males and females, with females earning a larger share of graduate degrees than at the bachelor’s level. However, the gap is still large, with only 26% of master’s degrees in engineering and computer/information sciences awarded to females and 22% of doctoral degrees awarded to females.
SWE Efforts to Increase Female Attainment of Engineering Degrees
SWE has a strong network of collegiate members across the country.
- Chen, X. (2013). STEM Attrition: College Students’ Paths Into and Out of STEM Fields (NCES 2014-001). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
- Yoder, B. L. (2017). Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education.
- U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics